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Hospital Pharmacist Staff Use Robotic Medication Transport System To Reduce Delivery Time and Costs, Enhance Nurse Efficiency and Satisfaction 12/20/12

Pharmacist staff use autonomous mobile robots to track and deliver certain medications to nursing units, resulting in faster and more reliable medication delivery, lower costs, fewer lost medications, and increased nurse efficiency.

Community-Based Oncology Practice Redesigns Processes Based on Patient-Centered Medical Home Model To Enhance Access, Improve Quality, and Reduce Costs 11/12/12

A community-based oncology practice's patient-centered medical home model features oncology-specific information technology, a standardized assessment, multidisciplinary care plan, patient navigators, telephone triage line, patient education and engagement, and ongoing performance monitoring, leading to improvements in access, quality, and costs.

Primary Care Patients Use Interactive Preventive Health Record Integrated With Electronic Health Record, Leading to Enhanced Provision of Preventive Services 10/12/12

Patients track preventive health needs, complete health risk assessments, and obtain educational information through an online interactive health record integrated with their practice's electronic health record, leading to improvements in the provision of preventive care.

Engaging Room Design and Distraction Techniques Comfort Pediatric Radiology Patients, Leading to Less Need for Sedation, Shorter Wait Times, Higher Satisfaction 09/28/12

A pediatric radiology department uses theme-based room designs, multisensory distractions, and age-appropriate interactions and techniques to engage and distract young patients, leading to significantly less use of sedation, shorter scheduling lead times, increased throughput, and higher parent and staff satisfaction.

Physician Practices Use Software-Facilitated System to Complete Medicare Annual Wellness Visit, Improving Preventive Care and Generating High Satisfaction 09/21/12

Primary care practices use a software-facilitated process to proactively schedule and efficiently complete required components of Medicare's Annual Wellness Visit and to identify and address care gaps, leading to improvements in the provision of preventive services and high physician and patient satisfaction.

Computerized Alerts Do Not Influence Physician Ordering Habits or Improve Clinical Outcomes for Elderly, Hospitalized Patients With Cognitive Impairment 09/14/12

Computerized alerts did not influence physician ordering habits or improve clinical outcomes for elderly, hospitalized patients with cognitive impairment.

Clinics and Hospitals Use Trained, Certified Community Members To Screen and Support Primary Care and Postdischarge Patients, Reducing Physician Visits and Costs 07/24/12

Specially trained and certified lay workers known as “Grand-Aides” use illness-specific protocols to ensure that patients receive appropriate treatment in primary care settings and to ease the transition from hospital to home after discharge. The primary care-based program has reduced unnecessary visits and demonstrated the potential to reduce costs. Early data from one hospital program show significant reductions in readmissions.

Multidisciplinary Team, Real-Time Information, and Incentives Help Medical Homes Improve Mental Health and Patient Experience, Reduce Utilization and Costs 06/25/12

As part of a statewide public-private initiative, the diverse Burlington (Vermont) health service area supports 18 patient-centered medical home practices via a multidisciplinary team, real-time electronic information, and financial incentives, leading to more appropriate care, better health outcomes and patient experiences, and lower utilization and costs.

Formalized, Technology-Enabled Referral Relationships Between Medical Center and Community Clinics Enhance Access and Reduce Inappropriate Emergency Department Visits 06/15/12

A collaborative program leverages information technology to connect ED patients to a medical home and patients receiving care at FQHCs and county health clinics to specialists, leading to enhanced access to care, fewer ED visits, and significant cost savings.

Emergency Department–Based Case Managers Throughout County Electronically Schedule Clinic Appointments for Underserved Patients, Allowing Many to Establish a Medical Home 06/12/12

Emergency department–based case managers at nine Milwaukee hospitals use electronic technologies to schedule and track attendance at follow-up clinic appointments for low-income, uninsured patients who come to the emergency department with nonurgent needs, allowing many such patients to establish a medical home.

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